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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432914/adaptive-optimization-of-ultrasound-beamforming-sound-velocity-using-sub-aperture-differential-phase-gradient
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Che-Chou Shen, Hsiao-Chi Yang
Ultrasound array imaging systems rely on a presumed beamforming sound velocity to calculate the time compensation of each element for receive focusing. The mismatch between the tissue sound velocity and the beamforming sound velocity can degrade the focusing quality due to loss of phase coherence. Since the tissue sound velocity cannot be known in prior, an adaptive optimization of beamforming sound velocity is required to improve the image quality. Differential phase gradient of channel data is proposed to estimate the optimal sound velocity for beamforming...
April 12, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432706/varied-pathological-and-therapeutic-response-effects-associated-with-chchd2-mutant-and-risk-variants
#2
Murni Tio, Rujing Wen, Yih Lin Lim, Zul Haikhel Bin Zukifli, Shaoping Xie, Patrick Ho, Zhidong Zhou, Tong-Wey Koh, Yi Zhao, Eng-King Tan
Mutations and polymorphic risk variant of coiled-coil-helix-coiled-coil-helix domain containing 2 (CHCHD2) have been associated with late-onset Parkinson disease. In vivo pathological evidence of CHCHD2 mutations is currently lacking. Utilizing transgenic Drosophila model, we examined the relative pathophysiologic effect of the pathogenic (c.182C>T, p.Thr61Ile and c.434G>A, p.Arg145Gln) and the risk (c.5C>T, p.Pro2Leu) CHCHD2 variants. All the transgenic models exhibited locomotor dysfunction which could be exacerbated by rotenone exposure, dopaminergic neuron degeneration, reduction in lifespan, mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress and impairment in synaptic transmission...
April 21, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432258/lil3-a-light-harvesting-complex-protein-links-terpenoid-and-tetrapyrrole-biosynthesis
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Daniel Hey, Maxi Rothbart, Josephine Herbst, Peng Wang, Jakob Müller, Daniel Wittmann, Kirsten Gruhl, Bernhard Grimm
LIL3 of Arabidopsis thaliana belongs to the light-harvesting complex (LHC) family, which also includes the light-harvesting chlorophyll-binding proteins of photosystems 1 and 2, the early-light-inducible proteins, PsbS involved in non-photochemical quenching, the one-helix-proteins and their cyanobacterial homologs designated high-light-inducible proteins. Each member of this family is characterized by one or two LHC transmembrane domains (referred to as the LHC motif) to which potential functions such as chlorophyll binding, protein interaction and integration of interacting partners into the plastid membranes have been attributed...
April 21, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432142/structural-similarities-between-neuregulin-1-3-isoforms-determine-their-subcellular-distribution-and-signaling-mode-in-central-neurons
#4
Detlef Vullhorst, Tanveer Ahmad, Irina Karavanova, Carolyn Keating, Andres Buonanno
The Neuregulin (NRG) family of ErbB ligands is comprised of numerous variants originating from the use of different genes, alternative promoters and splice variants. NRGs have generally been thought to be transported to axons and presynaptic terminals where they signal via ErbB3/4 receptors in paracrine or juxtacrine mode. However, we recently demonstrated that unprocessed pro-NRG2 accumulates on cell bodies and proximal dendrites, and that NMDAR activity is required for shedding of its ectodomain by metalloproteinases...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431999/novel-method-to-rapidly-and-efficiently-lyse-escherichia-coli-for-the-isolation-of-recombinant-protein
#5
Himanshu Joshi, Vikas Jain
Rapid and high-throughput protein purification methods are required to explore structure and function of several uncharacterized proteins. Isolation of recombinant protein expressed in Escherichia coli strain BL21 (DE3) depends largely on the efficient and speedy bacterial cell lysis, which is considered as the bottleneck during protein purification. Cells are usually lysed by either sonication or high pressure homogenization, both of which are slow, require special equipment, lead to heat generation, and may result in loss of protein's biological activity...
April 18, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431583/overexpression-of-mir-584-5p-inhibits-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-by-targeting-ww-domain-containing-e3-ubiquitin-protein-ligase-1-in-gastric-cancer
#6
Qing Li, Zheng Li, Song Wei, Weizhi Wang, Zheng Chen, Lei Zhang, Liang Chen, Bowen Li, Guangli Sun, Jianghao Xu, Qiang Li, Lu Wang, Zhipeng Xu, Yiwen Xia, Diancai Zhang, Hao Xu, Zekuan Xu
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs are endogenously expressed, small non-coding RNAs that modulate gene expression by targeting specific mRNAs, resulting in translational repression or mRNA degradation. Although miR-584-5p has been reported to play a vital role in various malignancies, its role and the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of miR-584-5p in gastric cancer (GC) remain to be clarified. In this study, we investigated the role of miR-584-5p in GC. METHODS: The expression of miR-584-5p and its specific target gene were determined in human GC specimens and cell lines by microRNA real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) and Western blot...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431433/experimental-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy-in-diabetic-mice-exhibited-severe-retinal-swelling-associated-with-vegf-elevation
#7
Ming-Hui Sun, Mohammad Ali Shariati, Yaping Joyce Liao
Purpose: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most important risk factors for nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION). In this study, we investigated for the first time the impact of experimental AION in a DM model. Methods: We induced a photochemical thrombosis model of AION after streptozotocin-induced DM and performed serial optical coherence tomography (OCT), morphometric analyses, and VEGF levels in the retina and sera. Results: Compared with non-DM animals, experimental AION in DM mice led to significantly greater retinal swelling on day 1 and worse thinning at week 3 on OCT measurements...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431034/effects-of-sleep-loss-on-subjective-complaints-and-objective-neurocognitive-performance-as-measured-by-the-immediate-post-concussion-assessment-and-cognitive-testing
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Ryan P J Stocker, Hassen Khan, Luke Henry, Anne Germain
Objective: This study examined the effects of total and partial sleep deprivation on subjective symptoms and objective neurocognitive performance, as measured by the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) in a sample of healthy adults. Method: One-hundred and two, right-handed, healthy participants (between ages 18 and 30 years old) completed three consecutive nights in the sleep laboratory with concurrent continuous polysomnography monitoring...
May 1, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429801/the-dizzy-patient-don-t-forget-disorders-of-the-central-vestibular-system
#9
REVIEW
Thomas Brandt, Marianne Dieterich
Vertigo and dizziness are among the most common complaints in neurology clinics, and they account for about 13% of the patients entering emergency units. In this Review, we focus on central vestibular disorders, which are mostly attributable to acute unilateral lesions of the bilateral vestibular circuitry in the brain. In a tertiary interdisciplinary outpatient dizziness unit, central vestibular disorders, including vestibular migraine, comprise about 25% of the established diagnoses. The signs and symptoms of these disorders can mimic those of peripheral vestibular disorders with sustained rotational vertigo...
April 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429582/obesity-and-addiction-can-a-complication-of-surgery-help-us-understand-the-connection
#10
REVIEW
V Ivezaj, L E Stoeckel, N M Avena, S C Benoit, A Conason, J F Davis, A N Gearhardt, R Goldman, J E Mitchell, C N Ochner, K K Saules, K J Steffen, E Stice, S Sogg
Obesity is a multifactorial, chronic disease that has proven difficult to treat. An increased understanding of aetiological mechanisms is critical to the development of more effective obesity prevention and treatment strategies. A growing body of empirical evidence has demonstrated parallels between obesity, overeating and substance abuse, including shared behavioural, psychological and neurophysiological factors implicated in the excessive intake of both food and substances of abuse. Several different lines of research have recently emerged that hold the potential to shed light on the connection between obesity, food reward and addiction, with studies examining changes in alcohol use/misuse after weight loss surgery providing a particularly interesting perspective on these interrelationships...
April 21, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428900/asymptomatic-severe-vagal-and-sympathetic-cardiac-denervation-in-holmes-adie-s-syndrome
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B Estañol, R C Callejas-Rojas, S Cortés, R Martínez-Memije, O Infante-Vázquez, G Delgado-García
A 40-year-old woman was found to have bilateral Adie's pupils and generalized muscle stretch areflexia. She did not have orthostatic hypotension but, in an ECG strip in the office, she appeared to have an almost fixed heart rate. We thus studied the heart rate variability (HRV) and the systolic blood pressure variability (SBPV) in supine and standing position and also during rhythmic breathing. We found a decreased HRV in the time domain with very low standard deviation in supine and standing position and during rhythmic breathing...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428220/cmtm3-cklf-like-marvel-transmembrane-domain-3-mediates-angiogenesis-by-regulating-cell-surface-availability-of-ve-cadherin-in-endothelial-adherens-junctions
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Ihsan Chrifi, Laura Louzao-Martinez, Maarten Brandt, Christian G M van Dijk, Petra Burgisser, Changbin Zhu, Johan M Kros, Dirk J Duncker, Caroline Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Decrease in VE-cadherin adherens junctions reduces vascular stability, whereas disruption of adherens junctions is a requirement for neovessel sprouting during angiogenesis. Endocytosis plays a key role in regulating junctional strength by altering bioavailability of cell surface proteins, including VE-cadherin. Identification of new mediators of endothelial endocytosis could enhance our understanding of angiogenesis. Here, we assessed the function of CMTM3 (CKLF-like MARVEL transmembrane domain 3), which we have previously identified as highly expressed in Flk1(+) endothelial progenitor cells during embryonic development...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427067/intravitreal-aflibercept-in-diabetic-macular-edema-long-term-outcomes
#13
Ugo Introini, Giuseppe Casalino
For decades, macular laser photocoagulation has been the standard of care in the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). With the relatively recent advent of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents, DME treatment has entered a new era. VEGF is a well-known pro-angiogenic and pro-permeability factor involved in the pathogenesis of DME. VEGF blockade has proven remarkably effective at reducing DME and improving visual acuity (VA) in eyes with center involved DME causing VA loss in several randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426724/cloning-retinoid-and-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-nuclear-receptors-of-the-pacific-oyster-and-in-silico-binding-to-environmental-chemicals
#14
Susanne Vogeler, Tamara S Galloway, Michail Isupov, Tim P Bean
Disruption of nuclear receptors, a transcription factor superfamily regulating gene expression in animals, is one proposed mechanism through which pollution causes effects in aquatic invertebrates. Environmental pollutants have the ability to interfere with the receptor's functions through direct binding and inducing incorrect signals. Limited knowledge of invertebrate endocrinology and molecular regulatory mechanisms, however, impede the understanding of endocrine disruptive effects in many aquatic invertebrate species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425845/nck2-an-unexpected-regulator-of-adipogenesis
#15
N Haider, J Dusseault, A Rudich, L Larose
The regulation of adipose tissue expansion by adipocyte hypertrophy and/or hyperplasia is the topic of extensive investigations given the potential differential contribution of the 2 processes to the development of numerous chronic diseases associated with obesity. We recently discovered that the loss-of-function of the Src homology domain-containing protein Nck2 in mice promotes adiposity accompanied with adipocyte hypertrophy and impaired function, and enhanced adipocyte differentiation in vitro. Moreover, in severely-obese human's adipose tissue, we found that Nck2 expression is markedly downregulated...
February 6, 2017: Adipocyte
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425745/when-good-is-stickier-than-bad-understanding-gain-loss-asymmetries-in-sequential-framing-effects
#16
Jehan Sparks, Alison Ledgerwood
Considerable research has demonstrated the power of the current positive or negative frame to shape people's current judgments. But humans must often learn about positive and negative information as they encounter that information sequentially over time. It is therefore crucial to consider the potential importance of sequencing when developing an understanding of how humans think about valenced information. Indeed, recent work looking at sequentially encountered frames suggests that some frames can linger outside the context in which they are first encountered, sticking in the mind so that subsequent frames have a muted effect...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425621/p53-competent-cells-and-p53-deficient-cells-display-different-susceptibility-to-oxygen-functionalized-graphene-cytotoxicity-and-genotoxicity
#17
Dayton M Petibone, Thikra Mustafa, Shawn E Bourdo, Andersen Lafont, Wei Ding, Alokita Karmakar, Zeid A Nima, Fumiya Watanabe, Daniel Casciano, Suzanne M Morris, Vasily N Dobrovolsky, Alexandru S Biris
Due to the distinctive physical, electrical, and chemical properties of graphene nanomaterials, numerous efforts pursuing graphene-based biomedical and industrial applications are underway. Oxidation of pristine graphene surfaces mitigates its otherwise hydrophobic characteristic thereby improving its biocompatibility and functionality. Yet, the potential widespread use of oxidized graphene derivatives raises concern about adverse impacts on human health. The p53 tumor suppressor protein maintains cellular and genetic stability after toxic exposures...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424567/access-barriers-to-services-by-immigrant-mothers-of-children-with-autism-in-canada
#18
Nazilla Khanlou, Nasim Haque, Nida Mustafa, Luz Maria Vazquez, Anne Mantini, Jonathan Weiss
Equal access for autism services remains suboptimal for diverse groups. In Canada, little is known about the barriers immigrant mothers face accessing services and support for their children with developmental disabilities. In this qualitative study, 21 immigrant mothers of children with Autism, from a diverse ethno cultural background, were interviewed in Toronto, Canada. We apply House's (1981) four domains of social support to analyze findings. Structural support challenges, such as delays in diagnosis, fragmented and dispersed services were common, followed by instrumental challenges due to loss of social ties and stigma...
2017: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423505/identification-and-analysis-of-mutational-hotspots-in-oncogenes-and-tumour-suppressors
#19
Hanadi Baeissa, Graeme Benstead-Hume, Christopher J Richardson, Frances M G Pearl
BACKGROUND: The key to interpreting the contribution of a disease-associated mutation in the development and progression of cancer is an understanding of the consequences of that mutation both on the function of the affected protein and on the pathways in which that protein is involved. Protein domains encapsulate function and position-specific domain based analysis of mutations have been shown to help elucidate their phenotypes. RESULTS: In this paper we examine the domain biases in oncogenes and tumour suppressors, and find that their domain compositions substantially differ...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423353/silencing-prdm14-expression-by-an-innovative-rnai-therapy-inhibits-stemness-tumorigenicity-and-metastasis-of-breast-cancer
#20
Hiroaki Taniguchi, Daisuke Hoshino, Chiharu Moriya, Hitoshi Zembutsu, Nobuhiro Nishiyama, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Kazunori Kataoka, Kohzoh Imai
PR domain zinc finger protein 14 (PRDM14) maintains stemness in embryonic stem cells via epigenetic mechanisms. Although PRDM14 is elevated in several cancers, it is unclear if and how PRDM14 confers stem cell-like properties and epigenetic changes to cancer cells. Here, we examined the phenotypic characteristics and epigenetic and gene expression profiles of cancer cells that differentially express PRDM14, and assessed the potential of PRDM14-targeted cancer therapy. PRDM14 expression was markedly increased in many different cancer types and correlated with poor survival of breast cancer patients...
April 1, 2017: Oncotarget
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